Policy Associate

About PERC

The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) is the national leader in market solutions for conservation with over 40 years of research and a network of respected scholars and practitioners. Through research, law and policy, and innovative conservation programs, PERC explores how aligning incentives for environmental stewardship produces sustainable outcomes for land, water, and wildlife. Founded in 1980, PERC is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and proudly based in Bozeman, Montana.


A world with healthy land, water, and wildlife sustained by voluntary, cooperative conservation and incentives for environmental stewardship.


PERC is dedicated to advancing conservation through markets, incentives, property rights, and voluntary partnerships.

Position Summary

PERC is hiring a Policy Associate to join us in achieving meaningful policy changes on cutting-edge environmental issues. This position will work within the policy and legal team to shape conservation policy in favor of innovative, market-oriented solutions by crafting policy proposals, strategizing on implementation, and working directly with policymakers and partners to advance those proposals.

This is a fast-paced role with the opportunity to navigate the state and federal political process from idea initiation to implementation. This position will assist in crafting testimony for Congress, submitting public comments, sharing PERC research with policymakers, building coalitions, and hosting events to share policy ideas. The Policy Associate will work closely with and report directly to the Policy Director. 

Responsibilities + Activities of the role

Government Relations – 35%
  • Effectively communicate PERC’s ideas to policymakers through email, phone, and in-person meetings, cultivating relationships with influential partners 
  • Work with Policy Director to identify policymakers and policy advocates relevant to issues PERC is advancing 
  • Cultivate relationships with state, federal, tribal, and local government decision-makers
  • Assist the Policy Director in advancing conservation policy priorities through ongoing communication and relationship building with officials 
Coalitions and Partnerships – 25%
  • Work with Policy Director to identify and build coalitions with counterparts of relevant conservation and policy organizations
  • Represent PERC at virtual and in-person events, meetings, and workshops as identified by the Policy Director to build relationships and coalitions
Policy-Oriented Research – 25%
  • Track breaking policy developments on specific issues and communicate them to relevant PERC staff
  • Collect relevant research and data related to key policy issues
  • Watch or attend legislative hearings to inform policy team and broader research initiatives
  • Work with PERC research team to summarize policy proposals for external audiences
Support the Policy Director in government affairs activities – 10%
Administrative Support – 5%
  • Support webinars, events, and fundraising efforts as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

  • 3-6 years of relevant experience such as internships in government offices, government affairs roles with advocacy organizations, or work with conservation policy
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Good active listening skills and ability to take direction
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Proven track record of building relationships
  • Self-motivated
  • Organization and attention to detail

Desired skills

  • Experience working in government at a state or federal level
  • Strong writing skills
  • Familiarity with POLITICO Pro
  • Familiarity with Salesforce

Travel Requirements

Moderate to regular travel by car and airplane is expected 

Working Conditions

  • Business office environment with moderate noise 
  • Travel by car and plane 
  • POLITICO Pro, Salesforce, Google Drive, Slack, and related tools utilized


Bozeman, Montana preferred. Washington, D.C., or other select remote locations considered.

Perks of working at PERC 

  • Great health (platinum, gold, and silver plans), vision, and dental benefit choices for employees and family
  • Flex /FSA or HSA offered
  • 5% 401(k) PERC contribution
  • PERC contributed life insurance
  • Voluntary additional life insurance
  • Voluntary accident insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Pro-deal opportunities
  • Opportunity to work with an impactful conservation organization, dedicated to positive environmental outcomes


To apply, please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing: 1) your interest in the role, and 2) your understanding of PERC and our approach to conservation
  • Three professional or academic references

You can submit your application or send inquiries to Sarah Lutiger, PERC’s Director of Operations.